Laura has been with SKO since 2000, co-chairing the Intellectual Property practice and serving as a member of the Business Services, Securities & Corporate Governance, and Mergers & Acquisitions practices. Her practice encompasses a wide variety of commercial, corporate and intellectual property transactions, with a focus on developing efficient, cost-effective strategies for balancing competing business concerns.
Her intellectual property experience includes assistance with selecting and protecting trademarks and other branding elements, trademark and copyright registration, software and technology agreements, domain name and e-commerce issues, licensing relationships and trademark enforcement. She also advises public and private companies in the areas of securities compliance, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act compliance, business entity formation and mergers and acquisitions. She routinely drafts and reviews agreements that combine commercial and intellectual property issues such as distribution, supply, joint venture, licensing, consulting and service arrangements.
Laura is listed as a “Leading Lawyer for Business” by Chambers USA. She has been named a “Kentucky Super Lawyer” for Intellectual Property and a “Top Lawyer” by Louisville Magazine in the International Trade and Securities areas.
Laura is a member of the Louisville, Kentucky and American Bar associations, the Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County, the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the International Trademark Association. She has served on the Education Policy Committee for Greater Louisville Inc., and as a mentor for the University of Louisville’s Board of Overseers Mentoring Program. She is a Focus Louisville graduate and a former volunteer for Every 1 Reads.
SKO reviews and negotiates agreements relating to clients’ information technology systems, including data security, privacy protections and service level agreements.
Represented a major corporation in its purchase of the shares of a multi-national tobacco supplier headquartered in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The supplier and its subsidiaries are major suppliers of tobacco to the cigar and smokeless products industry. The transaction involved operations located in Brazil, Cameroon, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Paraguay and The Philippines, with subsidiaries located in those and other jurisdictions.
Represented the owners of an installer and servicer of fire, energy and security monitoring systems for governmental customers in a merger.
SKO prepares, files and prosecutes trademark applications for clients in a variety of industries including distilled spirits, manufacturing, healthcare, equine, restaurants, and nonprofit organizations.
Stock split in the form of a Stock Dividend for an NYSE-listed issuer with two classes of listed stock, including accompanying proxy solicitation, registration with NYSE and public disclosure guidance.